Star News uplink extensions to continue till GoM's final decision

NEW DELHI: Star News can breathe easy as its temporary extension for uplinking from India would continue till the time a group of ministers (GoM) takes a final view on its case.

Indicating that pending a GoM's decision Star News would continue to be on air, uncertainty notwithstanding, government sources said that the issue may be settled in about 10 days time.

The inter-ministerial group that at present is studying the case of Star News and the antecedents of various companies associated with it, including Media Content & Communications Services India Pvt. Ltd (MCCS) is likely to give its report in a few days time. "It can come as early as two days time," a source in the IMG said.

But what are the scenarios that may unfold over the next 15-20 days time? 

Scenario 1: The Indian government expresses that MCCS, the company that has applied for uplinking permission, needs to do more to satisfy the government on its integrity and that it is following the guidelines in letter and spirit.

Scenario 2: The government goes in for amendment of the existing guidelines to plug holes with an aim to stop recurrence of Star News-type of cases in the media and that compliance of rules and regulations is strict.

Scenario 3: The government feels that Star News does not satisfy the guidelines altogether.

Scenario 4: Star News does satisfy all the conditions stipulated in the guidelines.

In the first three scenarios, MCCS if it wishes to continue uplinking content for Star News from India would have to go in for more restructuring.

But if scenario No. 2 is resorted to with willpower, then not only MCCS would have to undergo a major change, but the shareholders agreement also needs to change drastically with editorial control in Indian hands and a dominant Indian shareholder having over 50 per cent stake in the news venture.

Latest Reads
CNNMoney new section will be about the fastest growing economy; MoneyStream app launched

MUMBAI: Attracting 1.8 million average monthly page views, witnessing a 37 per cent growth in video consumption and 16 per cent in unique browsers month-on-month from India in less than a year’s time is not smooth. In its ambitious plan of global expansion, CNN Digital is leaving no stone unturned...

Television TV Channels News Broadcasting
Content a 'Game of Thrones'; AT&T's control over HBO, Cartoon Network, Warner Bros faces regulatory lens

The global media landscape is resulting in a new juggernaut as an internet and cable behemoth yesterday purchased an entertainment conglomerate making the former unmatched in its size and reach to consumers through home broadband, smartphones, satellite television and a battery of movies and cable...

Television TV Channels English Entertainment
US$ 4.5 bn expected from IPL rights; SC recommends accounts scrutiny

The Supreme Court on Friday froze all financial transactions between the BCCI and state cricket associations by directing the apex body not to disburse any funds till it resolves to abide by the Justice RM Lodha panel recommendations on reforms by 3 December . The top court ordered that none of...

Television TV Channels Sports
TVS Tyres is co-presenter for Asian Champions Trophy 2016

Continuing its strong connect with sports, TVS Tyres has associated with Asian Champions Trophy 2016 by becoming the co-presenter. The Asian Champions Trophy is one of the premier hockey tournaments, a much sought after annual international competition promising some great hockey action. This...

Television TV Channels Sports
Q2-17: Zee Learn declares maiden interim dividend

The board of directors of the Essel group’s education company Zee Learn Limited (ZLL) have declared a first time ever dividend of 5 percent per equity share of Re 1 each for the quarter ended 30 September 2016 (Q2-17, current quarter).

Television TV Channels Factual & Documentary
Whether BARC action can stop unethical practices?

MUMBAI: Can businesses and industries practise their art of selling fairly although they have 'Fair Practices' training during academic courses, workshops and several ISO and other certifications? There seems to be the fear of the lawman, and not the law in India. If the traffic cop is watching,...

Television TV Channels Viewership
TV Superhighway: beIN, Yaddo, AfricaXP have joined us, says Magine CEO Ambuj Goyal

CANNES; Magine has secured partnerships with four of the industry’s most exciting sports, documentary and entertainment content providers. Partnerships with beIN, the international media group and owner of MIRAMAX; Yaddo, the new documentary streaming service headed up by former head of The BBC’s...

Television TV Channels Factual & Documentary
Colors emerges strong on strength of Naagin I & II

MUMBAI: One of the top rated shows Naagin Season 2 helped Colors reach a top-ranking position.

Television TV Channels GECs
Pakistan Broadcasters Association to oppose PEMRA Indian content ban

MUMBAI: The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) shocked both Pakistan and Indian broadcasters when it issued an order blanking out  all Indian content from Pakistan’s television channels on 19 October.

Television TV Channels GECs

Latest News

Load More

Sign up for our Newsletter

subscribe for latest stories